Rate Your Fanaticism of Ohio State Football

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Smitty516's picture

This for me as well, a 10. Definitely not healthy and I sincerely mean that, not hyperbole.

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kmp10's picture

11 for me... just like Spinal Tap.

When I die, sprinkle my ashes over the 70's 

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D56GoBucks's picture

It's one louder.

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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Cooper's picture

I don’t care how much of a well-adjusted person I like to think I am, I’m posting on a college football blog. I’m already in the 99th percentile of crazy college football fanatic.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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AKBuck15's picture

I’d have to put myself at a 9.8 with Buckeye football, I can never imagine missing a game..I schedule work/family events around Saturday’s I the fall. Buckeye recruiting, facts, and history are my go to during the off-season. My 4 year olds favorite song is “I don’t give a damn for the whole state of Xichigan” our whole family tradition is Buckeye football from noon til midnight end of August through January our days are set with the Bucks playing. 

Next closest thing would be the Basketball bucks at a 6..only two sports I truly will watch or care to watch. 

I am a Michigan booster bud....just spent $182 bucks at Wal-Mart this morning.

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The Rill Dill's picture

Similar story here, except I’m a 10 with basketball and football. WILL NOT MISS a game. Anyone that knows me can vouch. 

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Zonabuck's picture

Can’t you just make ten “the most” and then adjust the other numbers?

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Ohio State Football is a full fledged 10. When the Buckeyes are matched against TTUN the needle will reach 15.

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Lifetime45's picture

Used to be a 9.....

got older and now maybe a 4

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lamplighter's picture

too old to rock n' roll. too young to die

still a 9 after all these years

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CincyBuck's picture

Same.  Though I'm probably around a 6 or so.  

I used to get anxious about getting locked-in and ready to watch games before they started.  Now, if I have to miss a few minutes -- or, in rare cases, a lot of a game -- due to other life events, that's not a huge deal.  Likewise with respect to losses.  They used to get me down for a few days.  Now, after an hour or so, it's on to the next one.  

Getting older also brings into perspective the fact that you're cheering for a team composed of 18-22 year old kids.  In many situations, they have no connection to the State of Ohio other than the NFL aspirations that led them to OSU.  And, if I'm being honest, the historical basis for and resultant flaws in the NCAA's model of "amateurism" gets harder and harder to overlook.

Still...  love the Bucks.

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linepilot15's picture

As I get older it's not quite as important as it used to be but I don't think I'll ever be as low as 4. I used to get so nervous I could hardly eat before a game and if they lost it would ruin my whole week. Like some have said, I get over a loss a little quicker now and can hold down solid food during game day but it is still a very important part of my life. I'm now pushing 70 and would still not consider missing a game. Maybe I used to be like 9.5 and now I'm an 8, meaning if I thought I may be having a heart attack I might let them take me to the hospital before the game ends.  

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fairvis's picture

Got two degrees and am currently wearing one of my TBDBITL alumni polos (hey, it's laundry day).  I never miss a game by choice. I call my dad after every touchdown (when he's not at the games) to talk about the drive, the score, and the game situations. At the quarter breaks and halftime, too. Even did that when I was in England.  

Pretty sure that qualifies me for at least a 9.2!

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BTBuckeye's picture

The band is absolutely my favorite part of the gameday experience.

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MercyTex's picture

In the mid to late 80s TBDBITL carried the load for Buckeye Football.  They still kick it for the skull session, pregame entrance and awesome halftime shows.  Sloopy and other bumpers during the game and Carmen Ohio after, the band is the texture that makes the experience deep and meaningful to even the most jaded fan.

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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CALPOPPY's picture

I’m such a big Buckeye fan that I even still like Michael Drake.

Memento mori

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cricejr's picture

1) did you even attend this school or any other?

2) name the egregious thing that Drake has commited against this university, or against humanity since apparently he's a war criminal.

I bleed scarlet...literally

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dgrimm_6's picture

Easily a 10, if my current college has a home game at the same time as Ohio State I watch the Buckeyes instead of going to the game.

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Archie's Bunker's picture

I thought I was a 10 until I raised a 5th grader that made a bet with his friend that he could wear an Ohio State shirt every day of the school year and won. His mom helped by letting him wear a Buckeye shirt underneath his dress shirt for picture day. Everyone, including the teachers, called him "Buckeye" the whole year.

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Port Richey Buckeye's picture

Bo Derek

Fuck eSECpn and fuck Mythigan.

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Sonof'47alum's picture

Well, I’ll provide another number.  

I’m in my mid-60s with heart disease so I try not to get too worked up anymore about games...OK, admittedly that hasn’t gone precisely to my intentions.  So...I was a combination of being annoyed and exceptionally tense in the latter part of the Maryland game that I checked my heart rate, which was in the high 120s.  I decided not to check my blood pressure.

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BTBuckeye's picture

Im not as crazy as I used to be, but my wife will tell you otherwise. So....a calmer than you are 9 on the Spielman Scale or something.

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Dasniksder's picture

Considering we are spending time reading and discussing OSU recruiting on a Monday in June, we are probably all up there on the fanatics scale...most likely near an unhealthy level. I think we have to come here because others don’t get it. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I find it hard to talk football with other “fans” who aren’t into it the way we are. Like the guy at the office who tries to talk football with me but he can’t remember players names and says stuff like we need to run it harder.

I don’t post a lot considering how often I’m on the site, but it just makes me feel a little less crazy knowing that I can come here and read posts from people who are just as sick as I am when it comes to OSU football and basketball. Then I read a post from someone who follows a recruits mom on Twitter and I think, hell at least I don’t have it as bad as that guy... I must be normal.

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OSU_Alum06's picture

I think like most situations, it’s all relative. Compared to the general public the majority of this site would rate 10. 

OSU Fan & Alum living in SEC Country

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tajikey's picture

When you're screaming at your TV, flipping off coeds because you're halfway through the game and a bottle of whiskey. When you run outside yelling and screaming "Suck it, Michigan," after "7 Yards and a Cloud of Dust," to find confused neighbors staring at you curiously. When you, yet again, run outside yelling, "F* you, Penn State," after JTBIV goes lights out in the 4th quarter. When your wife makes the smart choice in allowing her husband alone time to watch the big games. When you have multiple outfits laid out, changing clothes if something bad happens in the off chance you're having a butterfly effect on the outcome, then I'd say your fandom has breached level 10.

There's absolutely nothing like a Saturday morning/afternoon watching my beloved Buckeye football team leave everything on the field for a rabid, passionate, committed legion of fans dedicated to seeing "their team" succeed.

O-H!

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Defiance's picture

I-FN-O!!

"Defiance in Silence" 

Shhhh

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Buckfrombirth's picture

Good Lord, man, you almost had me standing in my office yelling, "I-O!" I need to get back to work, apparently.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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stxbuck's picture

I’m not a mindless fanatic, I just love the Buckeyes and being a tOSU alum. I do admit to being “one of those necklace wearing people” as a buddy said in an effort to differentiate what he was NOT as a tOSU fan!

I also admit to demanding a high standard of the tOSU fan base-if you go around bashing other fanbases for being stupid, delusional, whatever-look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself if Tressel would endorse your hot take. I’d also say if you limit your fandom to simply cheering for the football team and whatever keeps the players on the field/dirt kept under the rug- you are simply football fan, not a true supporter of the university.

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Zonabuck's picture

Two things on this as a non-OSU alum. First, I don’t own any items - clothing or otherwise - with the alumni O emblem. Secondly, thanks to the internet, it’s a lot easier to keep up with OSU sports when you live far from Ohio. Still, as much as I follow other sports, I always tell people that as rabid as I am a football fan, I’m a bandwagon fan when it comes to the other sports. And it’s not like I have other teams I like better - I barely follow Arizona anymore, I’m just honest. 

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stxbuck's picture

I’m sure part of my attitude comes from the circumstances I became a tOSU fan. I listened to the Buckeyes on the radio in the 80s and watched what I could on TV, but one really didn’t see “casual or hardcore non-alum fans in my hometown. You saw dentists, teachers, agriculture people-like my dad,etc,etc who followed their alma mater. It was never said directly, but part of being a Buckeye-and going to football games-was being an alum. 

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Zonabuck's picture

I didn’t have a lot of people in my family who had graduated from college. Same with people in the neighborhood. I knew nurses and teachers, but most of the men were blue collar or white collar in jobs that didn’t require a college degree. Most of the people in my generation did go to college. But from listening to games on the radio to getting up at 10:30 as a youngster to watch the replay on PBS to getting the weekly Buckeye Leaves bulletin - it’s as if we lived in Columbus. And being in Toledo, where it was 50/50 OSU/TTUN, you chose a side and defended it, hard. Brother vs. brother, neighbor vs. neighbor. It isn’t something you choose to do - it chooses you. 

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HOLYbucknut's picture

If Buckeye Guy is a 10 then I’m probably a 9.9. If he’s an unhealthy 10+ then I’m a 10.

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Buckfrombirth's picture

I liked the idea of Buck-I-Guy in the dark days of the mid-2000s after the UF and LSU debacles, but his excesses, exploits, and constant camera hogging convinced me pretty quickly that the Buckeyes are little more than his occupation and not real fandom. The capitalist in me likes the idea, but the Buckeye in me wants to puke. So, I'd rate that guy a -10, and say you're just fine if you'd rate yourself a +10 fan.

I survived Cooper, and I hate Tai Streets.

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Shark 4's picture

I wouldn't presume to compare my Buckeye fandom to anyone else or some arbitrary scale. Who knows how to measure that. All I can do is relate a couple of facts. 

1. I saw my first game in Ohio Stadium when I was 5 yrs old. It was 1951...and it was Woody's first game as Ohio State's coach.

2. When the Bucks were on their way to a National Championship in 1968, I was flying Hueys in Vietnam. The Super Sophs were just sophs and Purdue was ranked #1 with Mike Phipps at QB. Armed Forces Vietnam Network (AFVN) carried the game of the #1 team each week on radio. The Huey's ADF radio could pick up the commercial radio band so, as Aircraft Commander, I dialed in AFVN and the whole crew listened to the game in our flight helmets. We were flying routine re-supply missions as the game started and I was letting the co-pilot fly while I concentrated on the game. We were soon called off re-supply to fly a combat assault, repositioning a company of grunts. It was supposed to be an "admin lift," no enemy action anticipated. It was supposed to be three lifts to get the entire company of grunts inserted. We were flying a 3-ship "V of 3" formation. I took the first lift so the co-pilot (relatively junior) could observe. I was still listening to the game on the ADF radio while I flew the first lift. We dropped off the grunts and went back to the PZ (pick-up zone) for the 2nd lift. After the grunts were loaded I told the co-pilot that the aircraft was his. I was still listening to the game and the Bucks were handling the #1 team in the country pretty well. The 2nd lift was going well and the co-pilot was doing a good job flying formation when we started the descent into the LZ from about 1,500 ft. The LZ was just beyond a big tree line. As we got down to about 200 ft, right over the treeline, all hell broke loose. Tracers flying past the cockpit, slugs hitting the bottom of the ship (you feel it more than hear it), both M-60 door guns opened up, gunships talking on VHF, formation lead talking on UHF, grunts screaming on FM...and me still listening to Ohio State vs Purdue on the ADF. I grabbed the controls, told the co-pilot I have the ship and continued the descent looking for warning lights and still keeping my position in the formation. 

No one was hit. No warning lights. We kept flying to the ground and the grunts unassed the ship. We immediately took off from the LZ, still looking for warning/caution lights...and still listening to the Buckeyes. We were the only ship that took hits so we called off the mission to head to maintenance for a precautionary landing. All was well. No one hurt. No major damage. The Buckeyes beat the #1 team in the country and I got to listen to it all. It was a good day to be a Buckeye.

I don't know where that puts me in "Buckeye Fandom" but, if there's someone else at the front of the line, I'm pretty sure I can see him from my spot. :-)  

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Sunny Buck's picture

Shark 4 wins........Man you have got to be at the front of the line.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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GrandTheftHarley's picture

... The LZ was just beyond a big tree line. As we got down to about 200 ft, right over the treeline, all hell broke loose. Tracers flying past the cockpit, slugs hitting the bottom of the ship (you feel it more than hear it), both M-60 door guns opened up, gunships talking on VHF, formation lead talking on UHF, grunts screaming on FM...and me still listening to Ohio State vs Purdue on the ADF. I grabbed the controls, told the co-pilot I have the ship and continued the descent looking for warning lights and still keeping my position in the formation. 

No one was hit. No warning lights. We kept flying to the ground and the grunts unassed the ship. We immediately took off from the LZ, still looking for warning/caution lights...and still listening to the Buckeyes. We were the only ship that took hits so we called off the mission to head to maintenance for a precautionary landing. All was well. No one hurt. No major damage. The Buckeyes beat the #1 team in the country and I got to listen to it all. It was a good day to be a Buckeye.

Helluva good story, Shark. If that doesn't cement your Buckeye fandom, nothing will.

Go Bucks.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I'm not very smart. --- W.W. Hayes

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D56GoBucks's picture

This is fantastic!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn"

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Keyser Soze's picture

Hands down best Ohio State football story I've ever heard. After reading I closed my eyes and tried to imagine what that was like... total ape shit going on all around you and listening to a game 8,626 miles away that made you happy as I am during games that we are winning. 

I guess my question is do you think having the game on the headphones helped you get through the flight better than normal flight practices? 

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Shark 4's picture

Thanx for the kind words.

I'd like to tell you that I never lost track of the game but...that would be a lie. 

I was lucky to keep track of my sphincter.

At intense moments like that (and I had more than a few), the focus is intesnse and always the same, just like they taught us in flight school: "No matter what happens, fly the aircraft." 

So, in truth, I DID miss a few plays there. :-) 

Some time I'll tell the story of how I stranded a Bird Colonel because I was listening to the 1968 OSU-scUM game in my Huey.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I reason with myself that I’m not obsessed with Ohio State because I’m only a football and wrestling fan and merely a causal observer of the basketball team, but my fandom for football is a solid 10, and for wrestling it’s at least a 8.5, so yeah, it’s not healthy 

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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CowCat's picture

I'd say I'm a 9. I don't miss a game, but I also don't light dumpsters on fire or flip cars if we lose.

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

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BuckeyeBulldog's picture

Im not the super fan that goes to every game or has an extensive memorabilia collection but 17 year old me broke a tv when Braxton's final hail Mary got picked off in The Game in 2011. Not my proudest moment but I think that says it all.

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Hovenaut's picture

I'm up there, yeah.

Got M...igan gossip? Bang it here.

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Sunny Buck's picture

When I was a young fan in the late 60's, i was about an eight. During the Ten Year War I reached the zenith at 10.

Been there ever since.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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Buckabroad's picture

Make it 10 for me, too. I live in Germany and stay up for every game regardless of the time difference, even for night games (add 7 hours). My wife hates it, but she understands ... I think ...

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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gobucks544's picture

My wife said she understood and before we got married she got hyped up for the games too. Since we got married I don't think she has made it through an entire game with out falling asleep or wanting to plan something else instead of watching the game.  We don't have cable so if the game isn't on local satellite I go to the gym for 4 hours and workout/ride the bike.  I actually lost some weight last season lol.

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BucksinNYC's picture

I care more about the University than the football team. Probably a 7/10

My rankings

1) Browns

2) Indians 

3) Buckeyes

4) Browns (again)

5) Cavs 

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stxbuck's picture

Given that I have seen the Buckeyes win 2 NCs in the past 17 years and show no signs of stumbling as a contender any time soon, I’ll admit that I would rather see/trade the Reds winning a WS or the Bengals winning a SB before the Buckeyes win another NC.

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aledyard's picture

When I was a kid it was definitely a steady 10.  As I've grown older, the passion is still there, but not quite as strong.  I can have moments where I'm a 10 during big games, but overall I'm probably at a 5 or 6.  

"In America, anyone can become president.  That's the problem."  George Carlin

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obsessed_buckeye's picture

Cue is in the username... If there's a chart, I'm off it.

I live, eat, sleep, breathe buckeye football. The older I get, the more obsessed I become. My office is a Buckeye football shrine.
I live in the United Kingdom and I never miss a game, even the 8:00PM EST kickoffs, which are 01:00AM for me. I even make time for my beloved Buckeyes when on vacation as I have delayed or cut short road trips to watch the game.

GO BUCKS!
BEAT TTUN Forever!

62 - 39 = 7 consecutive

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neo's picture

I'd like to say I'm a well adjusted fan, but I follow recruiting pretty closely, and that gets pretty weird, pretty quick.

"Let's beat the shit out of Michigan. Have a good night." - UFM

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BacknBlack's picture

9.5 - Consulted the Bucks football schedule prior to selecting a wedding date. Continue the practice of covering the letter "m" durning hate week, this applies to the home and office. 

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gobucks544's picture

If 10 is never missing a game and keeping up with recruiting and following every buckeye in the NFL I am probably like a 12.  I literally watch every game again to watch different position groups to see how each is coming along. 

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QuadCitiesBuckeye's picture

On a scale of 1-10, my fandom clocks-in at 69

Shandy is not beer

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MercyTex's picture

nice

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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cricejr's picture

6 or 7. I attend games, watch on TV, and will travel across the country to attend bowl games. BUT I never lose site of the fact that as fun as football is, The Ohio State University as an academic institution is more significant and important.

Sportswise, this is the order: Buckeye Football, Boxing, Buckeye Basketball, Browns/Bears, Cavs, New Orleans Buckeyes.

I bleed scarlet...literally

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Matt Gutridge's picture

I do a little research and post some stuff every now and then. So, my fandom is probably at 0.69

IBLEEDSCARLETANDGRAY's picture

For the longest time I used to scream at the TV and have broken a few remote controls (and 1 or 2 TVs) during games. Because of health concerns I have toned it down and will simply just turn the game off if it makes me that angry. But I never miss an OSU game. I watched the Maryland game last year while on vacation when I could've been relaxing, I was in my hotel room yelling at the TV.

"You're the patron saint of the totally effed" - Hot Tub Time Machine

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Buckeye06's picture

I have toned down a bit from when I was 25 or so.  I am 34 now.

I would say compared to the 11w group here I am a 6.5 or 7.  Compared to my friends who went to OSU, I know more about the football program/recruiting than any of them

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MiamiBuckeye's picture

6.5. I care probably more than I should, but I don't I've ever lost my sense of perspective. 

"porque las estirpes condenadas a cien años de soledad no tenían una segunda oportunidad sobre la tierra."

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Zimmy07's picture

^ This dude does Buckeye football fan fiction that is actually worth reading, so I’m definitely a few notches below that.

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Barfolomew's picture

I think if you write weekly game recaps from the perspective of the Buckeyes coach as if he were a war general that automatically puts you in >9 territory.

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Meek's picture

I rate right around "Woody not spending a dime in that state up North" but just below taking up arms to keep control of Toledo.

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CALPOPPY's picture

- 10

A minus 10 is like the opposite of a fan.

;)

Memento mori

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Canukbuck's picture

Hahaha - I see what you did there .....

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ANOTHERMICHIGANLOSS's picture

I would say a 9.  Solely because I don't wear face paint and cowboy hats to events I'm not invited to and I don't sign things I'm not intended to sign.

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Dstacify's picture

Probably a 7 or 8. There's a difference between fanhood and fanaticism. Fanatics are what people like Buck I Guy and Big Nut are and those guys are so out of touch with reality that they think showing up at funerals uninvited just to have their egos stroked is a good idea. I'm loyal to this team but I do my best to try and keep it from making me downright insufferable to be around (though on gamedays I'm not always completely successful in that regard).

11 Strong.

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MercyTex's picture

9.  It is an affliction as well as an affiliation.  My native Texan wife indulges me with gear, swag and even painted my home office walls in the official pantones for The OSU.  How firm thy friendship?

Our people are everywhere, Esto Dignus.

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BuckeyeSki's picture

I'm not comfortable answering this question without my attorney, BuckeyeJack, being present

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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Brohio's picture

Very unhealthy. Maybe an 11. To the point that I generally don't have "fun" watching games. It's basically 3 hour long self-induced panic attack where I'm a concentrated ball of anxiety and frustration, even for meaningless early season games. Losses bring out a side of me that I don't like or recognize as being me, but luckily I have an amazing girlfriend and a group of close friends that know exactly what to do when things go south for the Buckeyes. Close the tab, get me out of there, go grab some food and don't mention the game lol. I am envious of people that can just casually watch and have a good time. I have the self awareness to know this behavior is completely ridiculous and childish and I don't want to be this way. I'm working on it. 

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RedBeard's picture

Unfortunately, I’m right there with you. Im not setting things on fire type stuff after a loss. But I do have to shut down for a day or 2 and do a reboot 

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

I have been at a solid 10 since I was about 7 or 8 years old (1981-1982) and my cousin who was at TOSU lived in the Shoe and he took me down on the field and we watched an intermural football game. later that day we came back as the team was out there practicing and we stood on the open end of the shoe at the big black rot iron fence ( when it was there) and watched as they practice. I will NEVER forget that feeling. Pride, comradery, love of something bigger than you.  I don't think I could EVER know how to not be a 10. My kids when they were younger use to ask me crazy questions like hey Dad if the Russians were playing TTUN who would you root for? I'd always say my comrades. Ohio State Football IS Football to me. nothing is better. My emotions are a pure roller coaster during the season. here is my fanaticism. When my wife and I got married (she is from Texas and has never lived in Ohio) I made her promise and sign a piece of paper saying she will never schedule anything or ask me to do anything on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, ever. All Day. She thought I was nuts(literally and figuratively) but now she understands.   

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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libera's picture

I guess I am around an 8. I follow them all year only because I find the talk interesting escapism. I am joyous when they win, and when they lose...well time to go mow the lawn or rake the leaves. I don't follow pro sports at all. I got jaded with all the strikes, the cheating, and it's just a business,'show me the money" attitudes. I could lose interest in the Buckeyes if all these transfers become a norm. If players are not loyal, than there is no reason for me to be loyal.

libera

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ScarletnGreyTexan's picture

Oh, I almost forgot a couple of other nuggets. 

I own more Scarlet and Gray combo's or only wear Scarlet and Gray pretty much every day to the point I've had people ask if I own any other colors. I mean literally every day I wake up I have Scarlet and gray on.  

This last one my wife says makes me certifiably nuts. My oldest son who is 18 is about to start his first semester this fall at Texas A&M University to study engineering. Well the other school he almost went to was the US Naval Academy, he went thru the whole process and got a nomination and appointment but decided to go to A&M instead to experience a more normal college experience as well as be a part of the ROTC program there. When we went on his first official visit to USNA we walked thru the gift store and I told my wife I was having a hard time pulling the trigger on buying anything because their colors are blue and gold. I said I just can't for the life of me come to grips with the thought of wearing blue and gold. I said I would but it HAD to have the Naval Academy logo on it or I wouldn't wear it. 

Hi...I'm Kirk and I have been an Ohio State Football addict for 38 years.

(others seated)...Hi Kirk...

"it matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.
GO BUCKS!!!!!

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Zonabuck's picture

You’re like the Oregon of Buckeye fans. 

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IH8UOFM's picture

I'm close to a 10. Got an OSU flag flying in my front yard....anti-Michigan vanity plate....wall full of autographed photos in my office. Wanted to name the family cat Zeke but was shot down and settled for "Pete" (little do they know it was for Pete Johnson). 

Like many of you guys, Vince Young cost me a TV and a remote. If I would have been at home in 2011 and not at my dad's place I would have lost another TV and maybe more when Braxton was picked off. Alot of things fell off the walls in my house right after the Brooklyn Dagger-loudest I've ever yelled at a TV.

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GoBuckswin's picture

An unhealthy high. A year and a half ago my wife was in the hospital w/ our first baby. After a few days after the birth, baby and wife were ready to come home. However, it was the big PSU-OSU game (thrilling win for us!). My wife and newborn had to wait until AFTER the game for me to leave the house and pick them up at the hospital...she knew the risks of giving birth during OSU football season!

Bucks fans in Mass

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Lifetime45's picture

Please tell me that is a joke. For humanity's sake, please. A joke right?

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0H-10's picture

My sister and her fiance' scheduled their wedding at 1PM on the last Saturday in November. I was in the wedding party and sang in the wedding. I missed less than 4 minutes of the Game. This was before tech made it possible to carry a TV...in your pocket...

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jpfbucks01's picture

So OSU football has always been my top sport with others below

Over the past several years my entire level of fandom has decreased considerably. That said here ya go

OSU Football - at one time I would have been a 10, but now maybe an 8

OSU Men's hoops - used to be an 8, but now maybe just a 5-6

OSU baseball - Maybe a 6 in the past, more like a 3-4 now

All other OSU sports - previously maybe a 4, now frankly don't follow more than a 1-2

Cincinnati Reds - Previously a 9-10 back in the Big Red Machine days, but now more of a 5

Cincinnati Bengals - previously a 7-8, now closer to a 3

Pittsburgh Penguins - (my fanship with them pre-dates the Jackets) - previously a 7, now may be a 2-3

Other local teams ie Jackets maybe a 3-4, Crew a 1, Memorial tourney - 1, Golf in general may be a 3, Tennis a 3.

I used to watch other college football games religiously as well even into the 2000's spending an entire day at a sports bar watching tons of games at a time, but other than it informing my OSU love, I watch very few other games anymore, so overall college football fandom outside the Bucks is maybe just a 5-6 anymore

Cavs while Lebron was there maybe 4, now nothing

MLB overall outside the Reds is maybe only a 3, NHL maybe 2, NBA a zero

I moved to the Philippines back in 2012 and lived there for 3 years and watching any American sports became a chore and hence I started limiting my viewing to only OSU football and a rare OSU hoops game, and since returning to the US in 2015 I simply have not restarted my fandom of these other teams at near the level it used to be.

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ArmyRob's picture

I am a big ole 10 for sure, I follow Buckeye sports and previous buckeye players in the professional ranks. I'm an NFL fan but I do not claim a particular team. I enjoy seeing Buckeye players doing well in the NFL. 

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acapell99's picture

A healthy 10 that used to be unhealthy. After the MSU loss in 2013 (freshman year) I literally stared at a wall for 2 days. I’ve come around to accept losses well and realize it’s just a game, but you bet your ass that I’m a fanatic. It’s the same thing with the Blue Jackets- I partied HARD when they won the series vs Tampa this year. I just seem to be very passionate about my interests and it just so happens the Buckeyes and the Jackets are two of my biggest interests. 

Go Bucks Forever

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High Street Street Fighter's picture

I am admittedly a strange fan as I've gotten older:

  •  Offseason and Recruiting: a strong 10. I check 11W 10-15 times per day.
  • Gamedays: maybe a 5? I will tape or occasionally miss the noon games because I coach my kid's youth football team and it's hard to get amped-up for games against the Little Sisters of the Poor and Rutgers.
  • TTUN week: a strong 10 to the point it's hard to concentrate on work.   
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Keyser Soze's picture

Strong 10.

I click on 11W at least 2-3 separate times a day.

I used to be a total monster after a loss but now I just let it go and turn off the tv for the day. 

Wrestling is a 10 for me and basketball used to be a 10 as well but sits around 2-3 nowadays. 

I will always root for Ohio State over everything but I only go out of my way to see Football and wrestling.

That's how winners play. We convince the other guy he's making all the right moves.

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Buck298's picture

I have my game gear planned, including my lucky underwear. And I’m in my 60’s. 

Its a little dialed back now that I’m living in China, but I will get up at 3:00am to watch a game. My Chinese wife has zero appreciation of the meaning of OSU football. But I have taught her that all things Michigan are bad. 

Send the Earth Reverberating

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GoBuckswin's picture

Lifetime 45--was not joking, and my son was in the nic-unit at the hospital. Can't leave a OSU game until it is over!

Bucks fans in Mass

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